The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak
Arrow Season 3



Critic Ratings: 15
Critics Consensus

Arrow finally has a Felicity-centric episode that -- aside from being well-done -- warrants attention because the flashbacks are finally about someone other than Oliver.

Episode Info

Oliver and Felicity try to contain the destruction caused by a cyber attack that rocks Starling City. Meanwhile, Felicity's mother makes a surprise visit; Ted questions Laurel's motives; and Thea buys an apartment with Malcolm's so-called estate money.


Stephen Amell
as Oliver Queen
Katie Cassidy
as Dinah "Laurel" Lance
Colin Salmon
as Walter Steele
David Ramsey
as John Diggle
Jamey Sheridan
as Robert Queen
Paul Blackthorne
as Quentin Lance
Willa Holland
as Thea Queen
Emily Bett Rickards
as Felicity Smoak
Colton Haynes
as Roy Harper
John Barrowman
as Malcolm Merlyn
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Critic Reviews for The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak

t's not a particularly action-heavy episode, but it makes up for it with mortification, tears, bad memories, and stupid villains.

Aug 8, 2018 | Full Review…

"The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak" was an enjoyable episode of Arrow, but not quite the return to form the show needs after last week's disappointment.

Aug 7, 2018 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

"The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak," gives us a technically perfect superhero origin story. It's so beautiful, so elegant, that I want to enter it in the Superhero Origin Story Olympics.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

As much as I always enjoy it, it's great to see Rickards afforded the chance to branch out beyond her awkward, adorable geek shtick.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

That the bad guy was going to be Cooper was pretty well telegraphed, but Rickards still played it well, and Felicity getting to beat up the villain herself... was awfully satisfying.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…

The big "twist" (and I use quotes, because I have to assume it's some sort of gaslighting/brainwashing ploy) comes in the final scene.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Can we all take a moment of silence in honor of Emily Bett Rickards for absolutely killing it in the first Felicity-centric episode?

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

What we got was a fun, charming episode of Arrow that still managed to not feel too lightweight.

Aug 6, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The takeaway from the hour? Donna Smoak must move to Starling City as soon as possible. She's a vision, a delight and adds so much to Felicity that has been missing.

Aug 6, 2018 | Rating: 3.7/5 | Full Review…

So it was a nice, fun, diversionary episode ... and then the ending scene hits from out of nowhere.

Aug 3, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The episode takes a character that could have been a one-off joke and turned her into a three-dimensional figure whose great power was her ability to raise a good daughter.

Aug 3, 2018 | Full Review…

"The Secret Origin Of Felicity Smoak" proves to be a bit of a bait and switch.

Aug 3, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…